On Monday the Arkansas House of Representatives passed S.B. 289.

This good bill by by Sen. Kim Hammer (R – Benton) and Rep. Brandt Smith (R – Jonesboro) protects healthcare workers’ rights of conscience in Arkansas.

State law’s current conscience protections are narrowly focused. They protect only a limited number of people.

S.B. 289 helps broaden and safeguard healthcare workers’ conscience protections.

The bill passed by a vote of 72 to 20.

S.B. 289 now goes back to the Arkansas Senate for concurrence in amendments the House of Representatives made to it.